Memories spring eternal ...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

100 YEARS AGO

(1907)

The police of this city rightly complain of too much tardiness on the part of people in reporting any offense where an officer of the law is required. Perhaps the worst case of tardiness is that of old man Thompson, whose robbery on Barnum-Bailey show day was just made known last evening. Officers have enough of a handicap to work against when they have an even break with a thief, and when the matter of the robbery lies dormant for two long months there is little or no use in making any report at all. It is recalled that when the late Will Harris, the Frisco porter, was beaten over the head by a man named Harper, the 30 men who stood by and witnessed the murder did not make any outcry at all. Three hours later an officer heard in a casual way that a fight had occurred, and upon investigation discovered a murder with the result that the intruder is still a free man. If you want immediate assistance in any case where an officer is needed, don't wait a month to file your request.

75 YEARS AGO

(1932)

There was but one lonely offender up before the police judge this morning when court was convened. The prisoner was on a jag when he arrived here on a late train last night. He roamed the streets for a while but was soon taken in charge by Officer Easter, who escorted him to the city prison. This morning the judge fined him $5 which he was unable to pay and he was put to work to pay off his fine.

The new Manganese steel safe recently purchased by Citizens State Bank of Mapleton has arrived and is today being installed. The safe is of the latest pattern, weighs, 5,100 pounds and is made in two pieces of solid Manganese steel three inches thick. It is considered absolutely burglar proof both by the manufacturers and by companies writing burglar insurance. By installing the new safe and taking out a large amount of burglar insurance the bank is enabled to keep its funds at home with perfect safety and thus offers superior facilities for the protection of the funding of its patrons.

50 YEARS AGO

(1957)

"The 1957 Tiger football team probably had the best attitude of any team I have ever coached," Coach Charlie Watt told the Fort Scott gridders at the annual Y-Teen chili feed honoring the team. Team members presented Watt with a fine watch and gave an identification bracelet to Bill Mosley, assistant coach. The presentations were made by Fletcher Wheeler and Gary Clayton, co-captains. Major lettermen are Harold Allen, Mark Anderson, Delbert Ayers, Dennis Ayers, Jim Banwart, Melton Bever, Edie Bosley, Max Brinkman, Mike Buffington, Gary Clayton, Larry Cooper, Jerry Cummings, Charles Lakin, Mike Manley, Wade Purcell, Charles Scammell, Larry Smith, Fletcher Wheeler and Jerry Wheeler.

25 YEARS AGO

(1982)

Vocational oriented Fort Scott High School students have an opportunity to further their carpenter skills, as well as become involved in their community through the Advanced Carpentry course taught by Barry Elliott. Advanced Carpentry is a new class offered for the first time in the 1962-63 school year. Students in the class have had previous woodworking classes, as well as introductory carpentry classes taught by John Stark and Bob Coffman at the Junior high level and beginning carpentry class at the senior high level.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Kellstadt, 826 S. Judson St., will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary at a reception Nov. 1 at the Old Fort Cafeteria, 23 West Oak St. The event is being planned by their children.